I’m a FedEx sort of guy. You know, when it absolutely positively has to get their overnight. I don’t think I’d survive in the pony express days when it absolutely positively had to get there three months from now.

Unfortunately God isn’t in the FedEx business. He doesn’t microwave the Fruit of the Spirit into our lives, and that’s because building character takes time.

It took Moses 40 years. He tried the overnight route killing an Egyptian in the process, so God took him to the backside of the desert until he was ready.

With Joseph it was years in slavery and prison

King David spent years tending sheep as a youth, and then years in exile running for his life.

Paul took years waiting, first in the Arabian Desert, and then in the city of Tarsus.

Patience isn’t something developed in a microwave, rather it’s something developed in a crock-pot where it has time to simmer in its own juices.

The Bible says those that wait upon the Lord, who patiently endure, will renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). Therefore, if we find our patience waning we need to check our relationship with God, get into God’s word and let God’s word get into us, and then prepare to patiently wait for His promises.

When Abraham patiently endured, and God’s promise came. And when I say patiently endured, that’s what I mean, because it was 25 years after the promise that Abraham and Sarah would have children that God gave them Isaac.

We all need a little patience, because we don’t live in a perfect world.

Solomon said, “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” (Proverbs 14:29)

What is interesting is that the word for patience is made up of two words meaning slow to anger. To be patient means we are to be slow at getting angry, or maybe we can say that to be patient is to have a slow fuse, or not boil over.

And so, when it comes to God’s promises, let’s not be impatient, but instead wait upon God’s perfect timing.

Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware.

Sunday morning service begins at 10 a.m. either in-person or on-line. All services and teachings, including Sunday 6 p.m. service, are available on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”

This Sunday Morning, we’ll be looking at the Day of the Lord from the book of Joel, along with the various aspects that surround this day as defined in the Bible.

To find more about Living Waters Fellowship visit, “mesquitelivingwaters.com”

4 thoughts on “FedEx or Pony Express!

  1. When I think of the fact that patience takes time to develop, I also am reminded of the need to be willing to go through the process and not try to rush it. In James 1:2-4, it says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Unless we allow the necessary time to let that patience develop within us, rather than giving up half way through, we will never be able to be effective or accomplish anything for God’s kingdom. Instead of expecting instant results, we need to allow God to take us through the necessary process in developing that patience, so that God can bring to completion what He has purposed for our lives. Then we will be successful in doing what God has called us to do.

  2. Debbie, thank you for your reply. I pray Philippians 4:13 over your life and through theses times that the Lord’s promised strength will be yours as you continue to trust In Him.

  3. At 81 I still struggle with God’s definition of patience. With articles like this by Pastor Dennis I am reminded to take time to enjoy His Creation and allow Him to guide me in working out my Salvation!

  4. Wes,

    Thank you for your reply and it’s not just you, my friend, this is something we all struggle with. I pray you and Nancy are both in good health, and I hope your Bible study is going well.

    Take care and God bless

    Dennis

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